ASGWC CONSTITUTiON

COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE
CONSTITUTION OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS

Preamble

We, the students of Golden West College, do establish by this Constitution a governing coalition committed to assemble and organize the student body for the overall welfare of the students. The purpose of the Associated Students is to assure effective student representation and participation at Golden West College through action and in concert with other constituencies of the college; participate in the formation and improvement of educational programs; protect full freedom of assembly and expression in the college community, articulate and represent the student interests in the operation of the campus, provide services and coordinate activities for the students, and advance the common interest and concern of the students; we, therefore do hereby establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE I - NAME

The name of this organization shall be the ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE and shall be referred as the ASGWC.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

All students currently enrolled in Golden West College are members of the ASGWC.

ARTICLE III - PRESIDING BODY

Section 1.

The presiding body of the Associated Students of Golden West College shall be the Executive Student Council.

Section 2.

The majority of the Executive Student Council members currently holding office shall constitute a quorum. No business may be conducted by the Executive Student Council without presence of a quorum. Excluding Executive Secretary.

Section 3.

All members of the Executive Student Council must be enrolled in at least five units at Golden West College throughout their term in office. All members must also complete five units with at least a 2.0 GPA each semester while in office.

Section 4.

The members of the Executive Student Council shall be: President, Executive Vice-President, Vice-President of Club Affairs, Vice-President of Student Advocacy, Vice-President of Financial Affairs, Vice-President of Activities, Vice-President of Public Relations, Vice-President of Sustainability, and Executive Secretary.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

Section 1.

The President and Executive Vice-President shall have completed 12 units at Golden West College with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 at the time of their election.

Section 2.

The Vice-President of Club Affairs, Vice-President of Student Advocacy, Vice-President of Financial Affairs, Vice-President of Activities, Vice-President of Public Relations, Vice-President of Sustainability, and Executive Secretary shall not have less than a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all college work completed at the time of election.

Section 3.

All officers, excluding Executive Secretary, shall be elected from the student body at large for a term of one year as specified in the ASGWC Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Section 4.

All Executive Student Council members’ duties shall be described in the ASGWC Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Section 5.

Positions on the Executive Student Council that are not filled in the general election will be filled by special election or by presidential appointment at the option of the President, subject to the ASGWC Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Section 6.

The President shall, when appointing persons to fill vacant offices and Executive Secretary, present candidate(s) for those seats to the Executive Student Council for ratification within thirty days of vacancy unless candidate(s) cannot be found. Candidates for appointment shall meet all requirements for election to the office sought.

Section 7.

If the office of the President is vacant, the Executive Vice-President shall assume the office of the Presidency.

Section 8.

If the office of the Executive Vice-President becomes vacant, the Executive Student Council shall elect a new Executive Vice-President from the existing members of the Executive Student Council.

Section 9.

If all elected offices are vacated, the ASGWC advisor on behalf of the Executive Student Council shall, within thirty days, hold a general election to fill such offices for the balance of the term of office of the previous incumbents.

Section 10.

All members of Executive Student Council, excluding President and Council Secretary, may vote during Executive Student Council meetings.

ARTICLE VI - STUDENT SENATE

Section 1.

There shall be a Student Senate consisting of the Executive Vice-President as the Chair and the various committees in accordance to the ASGWC Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Section 2.

All members of the Student Senate shall have full voting privileges with the exception of the Executive Vice-President.

ARTICLE VII - INTERCLUB COUNCIL

Section 1.

A representative body to the Executive Student Council for all clubs shall be established with the name of InterClub Council (ICC).

Section 2.

The ICC shall operate under authority and powers granted by the ASGWC Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Section 3.

Each club shall have one vote on ICC.

ARTICLE VIII - COMMISSIONS

Section 1.

The Executive Student Council may appoint commissions to assist in various functions of student government as the need arises.

Section 2.

The Executive Student Council shall set the governance rules for the commissions when established.

ARTICLE IX - ESTABLISHMENT OF GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

Section 1.

The Executive Student Council shall have the authority to establish, bylaws, standing rules, and other governing documents as deemed necessary for the operations of the organization.

Section 2.

It shall require a three-fifths affirmative vote of the Executive Student Council to pass, amend or rescind the Bylaws after being published to the Student Body at large for a period of five school days.

Section 3.

It shall require a majority affirmative vote of the Executive Student Council to pass, amend or rescind the Standing Rules after being published to the Student Body at large for a period of five school days.

ARTICLE X - IMPEACHMENT

Section 1.

A vote of impeachment can be called by either a petition signed by at least 1% of the Golden West College student body at the fourth week of enrollment or a simple majority of the Executive Student Council.

Section 2.

Executive Student Council members may be impeached by a vote from 1% of the Golden West College student body at the fourth week of enrollment, with at least two-thirds voting to impeach.

ARTICLE XI - CONSTITUTIONAL PRIORITY

The constitution is the supreme governing document over all Associated Students affairs. In the event of any inconsistency or conflict, the Constitution takes precedence over any other Associated Students documents, including the ASGWC Bylaws and Standing Rules.

ARTICLE XII

The constitution may be amended by a simple majority of those voting in a campus-wide general election, providing that the amendment was approved by a majority vote of the Executive Student Council or that 5% of the fourth-week enrollment of the Golden West College student body signed a petition requesting an amendment. In extreme cases due to changes in the California Education Code, or District Policy the ASGWC Executive Student Council has the right to make amendments to the Constitution providing a reasonable amount of time is given for public notification no less than five school days, and with a four-fifths affirmative vote of the Executive Student Council. Changes Approved at General Election by GWC Student Body:
October 26, 2006
April 21, 2011
May 15, 2015